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The bulls are hitting their stride again in RealMoney Barometer survey.

For the third week in a row, the bulls won out on sentiment. This week they notched 505 votes, or 57%. The bears could muster only 181 votes, or 20%. Neutral came in at 198 votes, or 22%.

Precious metals was the sector seen as most likely to rise this week; homebuilders was picked as most likely to fall.

Other sectors seen as likely to rise this week included energy equpiment and services, and integrated oil.

Other bearish sectors were yes, integrated oil, and automobiles.

Rail concern

Burlington Northern Santa Fe


was higher after a

Securities and Exchange Commission

filing stated that billionaire investor Warren Buffett's

Berkshire Hathaway

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purchased a 10.9% stake in the company, making it the largest shareholder.

Shares of Burlington Northern were up 7.4%. Other freight railway names were higher, such as

Union Pacific

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Norfolk Southern

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Light, sweet crude oil futures on the Nymex were recently shaply lower, down $2.60 a barrel to $61.68.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

was up 7 points to 12,567; the

Nasdaq Composite

was trading at 2471, down a half-point, and the

S&P 500

was at 1445, up almost a point.

Markets opened higher Monday following a report from the U.K. that a group of investors might be preparing to bid for

Dow Chemical

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The deal could be worth $50 billion and would be the largest leveraged buyout in history.

Below are the complete poll results.

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